In absolutely amazing footage taken in 2015 by the NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a brave patient named Mr. Richardson and his doctors Dr. Paul Waguespack and Dr. Gerald Calegan demonstrated how well his recent deep brain stimulation surgery delivered electrical current to his brain and immediately relieved the intense tremors that were wracking his body due to Parkinson’s Disease.
“Recent studies clearly support the use of DBS earlier in the course of Parkinson’s, rather than later. Patients who get DBS relatively early take less medicine, seem to progress slower, have better quality of life scores, and can work longer, compared to those without DBS. I have witnessed this firsthand in my patients for many years now,” says board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist, Dr. Gerald J. Calegan. “It is truly remarkable to be able to literally ‘flip a switch’ and see the tremors, stiffness, and slowness from years of Parkinson’s instantly melt away. Many patients are brought to tears when the device is turned on. Medtronic’s DBS therapy uses a surgically implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas of the brain to reduce some of the disabling motor symptoms and improve quality of life, activities of daily living and reduce medication usage for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.
An example of how the surgery changed another patient’s life.